US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi remarked China’s criticism of her is actually deep-rooted patriarchy
U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that Chinese authorities are enraged about her visiting Taiwan not because she is the highest ranking US official but because she is a woman. Nancy Pelosi further added that several other US senators visited Taiwan recently including the chair of the foreign relations committee Democrat Bob Menendez but they were not criticized by the Chinese authorities even for once.
Prior to the US House Speaker visiting Taiwan Chinese President Xi Jinping warned US President Joe Biden that “whoever plays with fire will get burned,” on the recent Taiwan issue. China claims the self-ruling nation Taiwan to be a part of it and a breakaway state which will eventually be annexed to China, however, Taiwan’s citizens see their nation as a separate country. Also, China’s Foreign Ministry further added that the People’s Liberation Army would not stand “idly” if Nancy Pelosi visits Taiwan.
However, Nancy Pelosi said amid the constant criticism that meeting with Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen was a proud moment for women’s leadership. Pelosi said, “It’s a great pride for us today, the first woman speaker in the House meeting the first woman president of Taiwan. We have some enthusiasm for that.”
Reportedly Taiwan’s elected female politicians develop a sharp contrast with China’s patriarchal ruling Communist Party where seven men are elected as members of the Chinese Standing Committee. China’s only woman politician Sun Chunlan is a 25-member Politburo will be retiring this year in 2022.
Whereas Taiwan’s top tire leaders are women in politics who refuse to be noted by the term “female politicians.” According to the Women’s Economic Empowerment Summit in 2019 Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen said, “I will not stop until the term ‘female president’ is a thing of the past” while acknowledging his position as a duty toward the nation.
Nancy Pelosi also stated that her visit has enriched her with the knowledge of who can visit the nation island and she would appreciate it if China won’t stand in the way of Taiwan visiting other nations and certain meetings.